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Hi everyone,

I am having some issues trying to choose RAM to use for my folding build.

I have seen impressive reviews of the Patriot Viper 3 2133 kits. Especially the 8GB (2*4GB) kit. It's about 46 euros. The 16GB kit costs 89 euros. Today I have also seen a nice GeIL evo kit of 2*4GB that goes 2400 Mhz for 79 euros.

When we're talking FOLDING and RAM. What is important? Dies 16GB help over 8GB? I imagine 2400 > 2133. But what about timings? Does it hurt that fast ram has CL11 instead of 10 or even 9?

I keep reading of the super overclock ram by Samsung. But these kits also have XMP so it would be quite easy to get them to their respectable speed.

Can people please post their opinions about what is better for folding?

Thank for the help!
 
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post #2 of 6
RAM is RAM, won't make any significance in the speed or timings you get.

So go with what you want with a 1600MHz or higher; what company you like, colour scheme, budget and type of heat sinks (clearance) would be more important in this case.
 
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post #4 of 6
Ram speed does play in to folding , but really only if you are folding BigADV. The Samsung ram seems to be a popular choice as it can overclock very well. If you dont plan on overclocking, I would look in to something that is within your budget that has good timings. I currently use crucial ballistics 1600 because that is the fastest that will work on my board but its at CL8 instead of CL9 like a lot of others.

I have seen a few charts with some comparisons in the folding section, but I don't have a link off hand. Ram doesnt make much of a difference folding SMP so if thats your goal, just get what you like. Having 8 GB will do just fine, no need for 16. Out of my 32 it only uses about 3.5 and thats with 4CPUs
post #5 of 6
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Thanks all. For my folding pc I will buy an i7 and OC it under water as far as I can stable 24/7. It is not my sig rig I am talking about. Either IB or SB-E.

I was under the impression fast ram was critical for folding. I know it doesn't for gaming on sb, but thought folding was different.
 
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post #6 of 6
It does matter a good amount for bigadv folding, but with the last change, i7s are not able to bigadv any more. If i remember correctly, you now need a minimum of 16 threads for bigadv.
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